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Sharing Power: Women, Parliament and Democracy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 September 2006

Miki Caul Kittilson
Arizona State University


Sharing Power: Women, Parliament and Democracy. Edited by Yvonne Galligan and Manon Tremblay. Aldershot: Ashgate. 2005. 271 pp. $50.00.

This insightful volume contributes to our understanding of women's numerical and substantive representation in national legislatures around the world. Specifically, it focuses on a full array of dimensions of women's political presence: obstacles to women's entrance into parliament, policy mechanisms to improve women's underrepresentation, and the policy impact of growing numbers of women in national politics. Chapter authors draw evidence from a variety of sources—aggregate data on percentages of women in parliament, cabinets and political parties, surveys of political elites and public opinion, and in-depth interviews with party officials.

© 2006 The Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association

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